Today is Wednesday, April 20, the 110th day of 2005. There are 255 days left in the year. On this date in 1980, the first Cubans sailing to the United States as part of the massive Mariel boatlift reach Florida.
In 1812, the fourth vice president of the United States, George Clinton, dies in Washington at age 73, becoming the first vice president to die while in office. In 1836, the Territory of Wisconsin is established by Congress. In 1889, Adolf Hitler is born in Braunau, Austria. In 1940, RCA publicly demonstrates its new and powerful electron microscope. In 1945, during World War II, allied forces take control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart. In 1968, Pierre Elliott Trudeau is sworn in as prime minister of Canada. In 1971, the Supreme Court upholds the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools. In 1972, the manned lunar module from Apollo 16 lands on the moon. In 1978, a Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 crash-lands in northwestern Russia after being fired on by a Soviet interceptor after entering Soviet airspace. Two passengers are killed.
April 20, 1980: The Pennsylvania primary election apparently offers Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and George Bush their last opportunities to deny their parties' nominations to President Carter and Ronald Reagan.
The failure of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to make timely reimbursements of license plate fees is harming the operations of county engineers in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.
Replacing vandalized traffic signs and cleaning roadside litter in 1979 deprived Mahoning County of more than $100,000 that could have been put to better uses, such as paving roads.
Youngstown Finance Director John Benninger is trying to figure out how the city can make the Municipal Parking Deck on Federal Plaza East, which several councilmen refer to as the White Elephant, pay for itself.
April 20, 1965: Dr. J.H. Wanamaker, superintendent of schools, and Mayor Anthony B. Flask will attempt to determine a use for the Butler School building that will fit into the city's urban renewal plan. The Youngstown Board of Education has rejected an offer by the city to purchase the building for $90,000. It cost $600,000 to build.
A public hearing that could see the beginning of the end of Boardman Township's chronic flooding headaches will be called by trustees within 30 days. County Engineer Sam Gould Jr. said certain improvements that are necessary to alleviate the flooding would cost $150,000 and should be financed one third each by the county, the township and residents of the area affected.
Youngstown's largest distributor of paperback books has promised to cooperate with the city's new Obscenity Review Board. Any publications deemed outside the area that the U. S. Supreme Court has held to be constitutionally protected will be removed from the stands.
April 20, 1955: Scattered heavy thundershowers and hail hit the Youngstown area, causing flash floods in streets, swelling streams, cutting power and contributing to several minor accidents.
Youngstown Council President Richard J. Barrett warns Youngstowners that an income tax boost is not too far away because "you will have to pay for more money soon for your government if you are to get the kind of service you want."
Second Ward Councilman John Palermo says that Mayor Frank Kryzan should fire Assistant City Prosecutor Don L. Hanni Jr., "who is a reckless driver who shows utter disregard for speed limits on the city streets." Palermo says he witnessed Hanni driving on Shehy Street at 50 mph. Hanni is supporting Thomas Caldrone, Palermo's strongest opponent, in the May primary.
April 20, 1930: Mortgage loan companies say they are confident that Youngstown offers satisfactory security mortgages on good properties. They see a revival in home building in the city, especially in homes of the $10,000 class.
Realization of the Mahoning Valley's vague half-century-old dream of a Lake Erie-to-Ohio River canal would save Mahoning Valley industries millions of dollars annually in freight rates and would bring boom times to the area, writes reporter George R. Reiss.